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Nigel Adkins and Jarrod Bowen won both December awards
Nigel Adkins and Jarrod Bowen won both December awards

It's double delight for Hull in the Sky Bet Championship, while Nathan Jones leaves League One Luton on a high.


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Not one, but two awards for Hull in December. Nigel Adkins picking up the Manager of the Month while Jarrod Bowen was named Player of the Month.

The Tigers found themselves in the bottom three at the beginning of December but 16 points and 14 goals from six games saw them fly up the standings.

Four of their fixtures of that period were away, including a 2-0 victory at leaders Leeds. That sees them comfortably sitting level on points with the top-half.

On receiving the award, Adkins said "It’s great recognition for all of the hard work that the players and the staff have been putting in.

"The run of form that we’ve been on and the momentum that we have picked up is down to everybody working hard for each other.

"We have our ethos – Together Everybody Achieves More – and we have a really good environment in which to work.

"The players come in and know what is required of them. We have a great camaraderie which is so important, we defend as a team and attack as a team – we are a team."


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Nathan Jones won the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month award
Nathan Jones won the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month award

New Stoke boss Nathan Jones ended his spell at Luton on a high as he picked up the League One Manager of the Month award.

It was a third successive Manager of the Month nomination for Jones, whose former team continued its charge towards the League One summit with another near perfect month.

Discussing the award and his recent move Jones said "first of all, I am proud to have won this four times in my managerial career and it is the first time I have won it in League One, so I am very proud to win for myself and my staff and the players who and obviously a thanks to the Luton fans for all the support they have given me throughout my tenure.

"I know that there are frustrations there, but as I said I would like to thank them for everything they have done for me because they took me to their club and I will never forget that.

"I would like them (Luton) to see them achieve promotion, we put in place very good things, very good processes, a real good culture and environment there with excellent players that are capable of getting automatic promotion.

"I would like to see the job done and I would like to see them in the Championship because that is where the club at a minimum deserves to be and as I said they are group of players that are talented enough to be able to do that.

"Ours (Stoke’s) is the first result I look for and then it will be Luton’s, Brighton’s, Yeovil’s and clubs that I have been associated with. I have got very good relationships with pretty much everyone at the football club. I hope they do very well. It is a big game and I really hope they win it and cement a place in the top two.

“It is very exciting otherwise I wouldn’t be here. It is a big club with a wonderful fan base and a very talented group of players and it is very exciting to see what we can achieve.

"We achieved real good success at Luton and put things in place that will stand them in good stead for a long, long time and hopefully we can do that while achieving promotion to the next level."

Ivan Toney won the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month award
Ivan Toney won the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month award

Peterborough striker Ivan Toney picked up the Player of the Month award.

Five goals in as many games for a striker who continues to mature. His work-rate is improving, too, but it is his finishing which stands out.

A hat-trick at Accrington was completed by a wonderful piece of anticipation and positioning.

"I am enjoying my football," Toney stated, "I am scoring goals and helping the team which is what it is all about.

"The manager has been great for me, he knows what I can do and tells me when I am not reaching those levels.

"I had a good month and hopefully I can carry that through until the end of the season. I had a goal tally in mind at the start of the season, but I don’t like to make that public. I know the level I want to get too."


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Michael Jolley won the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month award
Michael Jolley won the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month award

Grimsby manager Michael Jolley has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for December.

In mid-December, Grimsby found themselves just six points above the relegation zone. However, victory at Exeter made it 12 points from a possible 15 in the month, putting them to within six points of the top-seven and a spot in the play-offs.

Discussing the award, Jolley said "really pleased. It’s recognition for the whole football club and the progress that we’ve made, certainly in recent months – culminating in a really strong December.

"I think Manager of the Month is always a bit of a misnomer because it’s really team of the month – it’s based on the results of the team over that period.

"It’s credit to our players that they came through that period, and delivered some really good performances.

"And we were consistent throughout, despite picking up some injuries to important players, and those who stepped into the team really showed that they were ready to help the team get some good results.

"It’s testament to the way the lads work because even those who aren’t in the team are really working hard, training hard, and ready to step in."

Danny Grainger won the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month award
Danny Grainger won the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month award

Carlisle defender Danny Grainger picked up the Player of the Month award following a string of impressive performances.

Two clean sheets, three goals and an assist were the sizeable contributions at both ends of the pitch in four games of Carlisle’s local hero. The 32-year-old scored with typical power from free-kicks against Colchester and Oldham.

He said "I’m obviously delighted to get the award. It’s a Player of the Month award, but it’s down to the way the team have been playing lately which has given us all a bit of recognition.

"It’s nice to get the personal recognition but it’s definitely one for the team. There could have been four or five of us up for this award because the whole team has been playing well.

"To win the Goal of the Month award then the Player of the Month award in successive months is nice, but I’d trade them all in to make sure we’re at the top end of the league come the end of the season.

"When lads are getting nominated for these awards it usually means the team is playing well and that’s definitely the case here. We just want to make sure we do everything we can to keep this run going. We won’t get too high when we win but we will make sure we enjoy it.

"Like I say, it’s brilliant to have won this because yet again I was up against some fantastic players are playing really well in their own right and for their clubs. Hopefully we’ll keep seeing Carlisle United names linked with these awards because that will mean we’re doing things properly and competing at the right end of the table."


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